October 28, 2013
“We are not moderates” says Giorgia Meloni, but he did not need to specify this. You can tell immediately when Marina Ruffoni, part of the Venetian Brothers of Italy, begins by quoting Ezra Pound: “What you love will not be stripped.” Manuel Negri, of the National Project, referenced Flavio Tosi from Northern League of yesteryear talking about “immigrants who add nothing invade our shores asking for only rights and no contribution.” He continues: “Immigrants are not a resource because they work illegally or they do not work and engage in criminal acts, our jails are full of immigrants who should be transferred to prisons in their own countries.”
These are times in which the MEP Egyptian-born Magdi Cristiano Allam, a journalist who converted to Catholicism during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, and who has now left the church because it is “too relativist and open to Islam” says Negri. When discussing Pope Francis, Allam says he lauched his crusade in defense of “our civilization from immigration, doing good while the Islamic invasion continues and he [Pope Francis] naively favors the proliferation of mosques and places of indoctrination–so that there is no Islamic terrorist who has not attended a mosque [in Italy].” And amongst the ovation of those present, he concludes: “We should be proud of our Judeo-Christian roots, we will not allow Italy to become a land of African conquest.”
This position did not disappoint the lawyer and former Minister of Defense Ignazio La Russa, defying logic, and claiming a determined opposition to every kind of technical government, and then questions why Cécile Kyenge has been appointed health minister. And, emphasizing Kyenge’s opposition to the abolition of the crime of illegal immigration, La Russa says: “They made a Minister of Integration [who is not Italian], that person would be better as a person of Italian origin if nothing else because of the color of his skin.”
October 29, 2013
Financial instability leads to an increase of resentment and prejudice against migrants, Muslims and Roma.
Now available online, the annual report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI ) which shows the level of racism in EU countries. European countries, the report says, must come to terms with their multiculturalism and recognize the important role that immigration plays in the economy.
According to the report, the financial instability leads to an increase of resentment and prejudice against migrants, Muslims and Roma. This is what ECRI noted in visits to member countries in 2012. It also highlights the increasing consensus of xenophobic parties and their growing presence in European parliaments and the spread of hate speech on the internet.
The report also notes the plight of Roma children who have little access to education or suffer school segregation. According to ECRI it is important that EU and non-EU countries implement strategies for Roma inclusion.
Finally, ECRI calls on member states to implement a constructive dialogue with representatives of Muslim communities and the media to encourage discussion and strengthen inter-religious dialogue.
The full report [in English] can be found here: http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/ecri/activities/Annual_Reports/Annual%20report%202012.pdf
24 May 2013
The Netherlands is more likely to give asylum seekers residency papers than the rest of the European Union, according to the head of the Dutch immigration service. In 2012, 13,650 people applied for asylum in the Netherlands, a drop of almost 7% on 2011. The reduction was particularly apparent in the first half. At the same time, the number of people making a second application rose 26%.
Most applicants came from Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
The number of requests for naturalisation rose almost 10% compared with 2011 to almost 29,000.
Speaking to the European Parliament’s home affairs committee, the EU’s anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove said the departure of hundreds of young Europeans to fight in Syria poses “a serious threat” to Europe’s security.
A report released early this month by King’s College London said up to 600 people from 14 countries, including Austria, Britain, Germany, Spain and Sweden had taken part in the Syria conflict since it began in March 2011. The largest contingent was from Britain but based on population, the figures for Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands were the most significant, with around 200 between them.
The Tuscan DOP cheese called “Pecorino Toscano” (DOP is an EU label that indicates the importance of the location in manufacture of a food product) made with local milk and worked in Manciano is known certified halal. The certification was authorized by the Islamic Zayd Ibn Thabit.
The changes in the production of Pecorino Toscano DOP Halal do not affect the product but rather are changes in the work process, approach and knowledge of the procedures to align with Islam. These aspects include the use of non-alcoholic products for the equipment cleaning as well as making clear the ingredients on the product label. This certification illustrates a major change in the domestic market, in which there are more and more Muslims; and many Muslims are looking for products that keep with their religion.
May 11, 2012-05-13
Meet which comes from animals that have been slaughtered without the prior stunning should be marked. This is the opinion of the Swedish Ministry for Rural Affairs (Department of Agriculture). The Swedish Radio reports that the Ministry will propose changing of the EU rules on animal slaughter on the next meeting of the EU ministers of agriculture next week. The reason for such proposal is that many slaughterhouses in the EU member states misuse the judicial exemption which allows slaughter without prior stunning due to the religious regulations in primarily Islam and Judaism. These slaughterhouses produce far more meet (slaughtered without anesthesia) than there are consumers of such meet. According to the EU Commission report (Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection) 75 percent of all meet produced within the EU comes from animals slaughtered without the prior stunning.
28 February 2012
Dutch MP Barry Madlener stressed the necessary exclusion of Turkey from the European Union in an interview with the Huriyet daily. He noted that the presence of Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands cause ethnic Dutch to feel ‘unsafe’ and stated that “We must be crazy to want for Turkey to enter the European Union”.
While Islam has been firmly placed on the global agenda since 9/11, and
continues to occupy a prominent place in media discourse, attention has
recently begun to shift towards European Muslims, or “as some would
prefer to say” Muslims in Europe. Apart from the usual concerns, mostly
articulated in the media, on the radicalization of Muslim youth, their
failure to integrate into mainstream society and so forth, a vast body
of academic literature on Islam and Muslims in Europe has sprung up
since the late 1990s. This discourse and body of literature on Muslims
in Europe, however, are confined to the west of the continent, viz. the
old EU. This gives the impression that Europe stops at the banks of the
Oder. Central and Eastern Europe – both new EU members and other
countries – has been placed outside the realm of discourse, i.e. outside
Europe. This book aims to fill this gap by describing Muslim communities
and their experiences in Central and Eastern Europe, both in countries
with marginal Muslim populations, often not exceeding 1% (e.g. Hungary
and Lithuania), and in countries with significant Muslim minorities,
sometimes proportionally even larger than in France (e.g. Bulgaria).
Some of these countries have a long history of Muslim presence, dating
back to the 14th century in the case of the Tatars (e.g. Poland and
Ukraine) and the 16th century in the case of the first Muslim arrivals
in the Balkans (e.g. Romania, Slovenia) during the Ottoman era. In other
countries (e.g. Slovakia), Muslims have arrived only recently. What all
these countries have in common is a Communist past inside the former
11 October 2011
Following a ruling that the compulsory attendance of integration classes for Turkish immigrants is illegal, thousands of Turkish nationals in the Netherlands may now seek compensation for the cost of the course. The government established the rules for compulsory integration course in 2006, which have now been deemed illegal under treaties between Turkey and the EU. The Dutch government has already said that those taking the course after August 16 of this year would be refunded, but not others. Lawyer Bilal Coskun has established a foundation to represent those forced to take the courses, representing them with claims for an average of 5,000 Euros per person.
16 August 2011
The Utrecht Court of Appeals has determined that the Netherlands cannot require Turkish immigrants to undergo integration courses. The appeal follows a 2007 ruling that all immigrants must successfully complete integration courses, a decision which has been decided conflicts with an EU treaty which includes a statement disallowing discrimination between Turks and EU citizens. The latest decision exempting Turkish immigrants from integration courses cannot be appealed.